Two plaster sculptures
Vergina, Greece

Our latest project involved the restoration of the Palace of Aegae’s facade, which required the creation of two plaster facing acroterions with lion’s head finials. To achieve this, we utilized a combination of cutting-edge 3D scanning, printing, and casting technology.

First, we scanned the existing ancient acroterion using photogrammetry and generated a 3D model that was adapted to meet the restoration design requirements. This model served as a continuation of the Raking Cornice and Sima on the building’s facade.

Next, we designed a mold based on the final 3D model with easy assembly in mind. Due to the complexity of the lion’s head geometry, we used a mix of 3D printing and silicone casting techniques to create the mold.

Finally, we cast the final acroterion using the mold, which required 25 kg of plaster and other pigments based on the project conservator’s recipe. The resulting architectural elements were placed on the left and right ends of the pediment of the Palace of Aegae’s facade, providing a stunning visual element to this historic site.

Our use of advanced 3D technology and painstaking attention to detail has ensured that the restored facade of the Palace of Aegae is true to its original form, with the acroterions serving as a testament to the enduring beauty and sophistication of ancient Greek architecture.